kiss at restaurant

Alex and I recently started doing something new. When we’re going out to dinner, instead of meeting at home first, we now meet at the restaurant. Here’s why…

Scenario #1: We meet at our apartment first. Toby’s running around, we’re getting dressed in front of each other, I pull on tights (or Spanx!), we share the bathroom and brush our teeth side-by-side, we ask each other Married People Questions: Can you pass me the deodorant? Is my shirt wrinkled? Will you buzz up the sitter? Wait, I need to pee…

Scenario #2: We meet at the restaurant. Pushing open the door, I feel a secret thrill as I span the bustling room. Butterflies in my stomach, I hope I look nice with strategically flushed cheeks. I spot Alex, looking dapper (and even a little intimidating) perched at the bar with a beer, wearing his suit from work, smelling like cologne, waiting for me to come kiss his neck and say hello.

Meeting at a restaurant whisks us back to our early dating days and kicks off a romantic vibe for the rest of the evening. It’s a little thing, but sometimes life is about the little things, right?

(Btw, have you ever seen this funny scene from When A Man Loves a Woman? They had the right idea.)

What funny little (or big!) things do you do to keep the sparks flying in your relationship? I’d love to hear…

Cup of Jo has been running for 14 years, so we’ve decided that now and again, we’ll be highlighting one of the most popular posts from the past. This is one of our favorites, originally published on March 1, 2012.

P.S. Keeping up your relationship after kids.

(Photo by Anders Petersen.)